As promised by BJP government, Achhe Din for women in India had arrived.On the eve of Women’s day, Modi government gave a revolutionary gift to the females. On march 8th, Railway ministry installed a sanitary pad dispensing machine in a coach of Mumbai-New Delhi Rajdhani Express.
Western Railways Chief Spokesperson Ravinder Bhakar said it has been installed on a trial basis and the move would be extended to other trains as well.
“This is the first train in India in which a sanitary pad dispensation machine has been installed. It is useful for women passengers in long-distance train journeys. We will extend this plan in other trains as well,” Bhakar told ANI.
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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal visited ‘Dastak’, a production unit started by Railway Women’s Welfare Central Organization (RWWCO) for making eco-friendly and affordable “sanitary pads” at its Sarojani Nagar Railway Colony centre on Feb 25th, the railways ministry said in a statement.
Efforts are being made to cover about 200 major and way-side Railway stations and Railway premises, for the benefit of women employees and women of financially weaker sections of the society,” said Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani.
“Dastak” is an initiative started by RWWCO at its Sarojani Nagar branch in New Delhi from January 1, 2018, which is dedicated to the production of low-cost eco-friendly and hygienic sanitary pads. “The setup includes a pad making machine, which utilises wood pulp, gel sheet, back sheet, net, non-woven sheet, silicone paper which are all biodegradable. The napkins after packing are sterilised using ultra violet rays.
The unit at present employs six persons with an output of about 400 napkins per day. Scale up of the operation of this Self Help Group venture is being planned for a pan India presence. The cost of a single pack containing six pads is a meagre Rs 22. It is envisaged that the cost would further come down as the production picks up, the statement said.
Other Important Women Empowerment Schemes by Modi govt in India.
1. Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao Scheme
Aim: To generate awareness and improve the efficiency of welfare services meant for girls
Launched on: 22 January 2015
Initial Funding: 100 crore
* To prevent sex-selective abortion
* To ensure survival and protection of a girl child
* To ensure education of the girl child.
2. One Stop Centre Scheme
Aim: To provide support and assistance to women affected by violence both in private and public spaces.
Funds: The Scheme will be funded through Nirbhaya Fund.
* To provide integrated support and assistance to women affected by violence, both in private and
public spaces under one roof.
* To facilitate immediate emergency and nonemergency access to a range of services including
medical, legal, psychological and counselling support to fight against any forms of violence
3. Women helpline scheme
Aim: Scheme for Universalization of Women Helpline is meant to provide 24 hours immediate and emergency response to women affected by violence.
Launched on: 01 April 2015
* To provide toll-free 24-hours telecom service to women affected by violence seeking support and
* To help crisis and non-crisis intervention through referral to the appropriate agencies such as
police/Hospitals/Ambulance services/District Legal Service Authority (DLSA)/Protection Officer (PO) . * To provide information about the appropriate support services, government schemes available to
the woman affected by violence
Call to any of the following Women Helpline Nos.
Call to Women’s Helpline: 181 Toll free
Call to 1091- Police Helpline, 102 (hospital/Ambulance) & 108 (Emergency Response Services)
Contact to One Stop Centre.
In a first of its kind initiative, Indian Railways installed sanitary pad dispensers in Mumbai-New Delhi Rajdhani Express on International Women’s Day. Railways plans to extend this facility to other trains as well. The move is hailed by female passengers. pic.twitter.com/cuf52nETkS
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) March 10, 2018